You probably know by now how much we love easy slow cooker recipes. This brown sugar and balsamic pork loin is one of our favorites.
The slow cooking makes the meat so tender, and the sweet but sour glaze is the perfect finishing touch.
This recipe is perfect for Sunday dinner or for when you really want to impress your mother-in-law. 😉
If you’re in the market for a new slow cooker, every single one of us own this one. It’s simple, but it never fails!
How to make this Balsamic Glazed Pork Tenderloin:
In a small bowl, combine sage, salt, pepper and garlic. Rub this mixture all over your pork loin. If you don’t have sage on hand, you could easily substitute it for oregano, poultry seasoning, or rosemary.
Cook on low for 5-6 hours. Usually we aim for 5-6 hours if we want to slice our pork. If you’re short on time, you could cook it on high for 2-3 (but your meat won’t be as tender).
About 1 hour before the pork is done, combine the glaze ingredients in a small sauce pan. Heat over medium-high heat and stir continuously until the mixture thickens.
Brush the pork with glaze 2 or 3 times during the last hour of cooking. (If there seems to be too much water in your slow cooker to glaze the entire pork loin without it rubbing off, just glaze the top).
Serve with remaining glaze on the side.
To cook this Pork Tenderloin in the oven:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Heat a Tablespoon of olive oil over medium-high heat and brown the pork on sides.
Place pork in a shallow roasting pan. Combine sage, salt, pepper, and garlic, and rub it over the roast.
Bake for 45 minutes – 1 hour (until the internal temperature reaches 145 degrees). During the last 10 minutes of cooking, make the glaze.
Remove the pork from the oven, then brush the glaze over the top. Turn the oven to broil, and return the glazed pork to the oven for 5 minutes.
Remove and serve with the extra glaze.
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Serve this Slow Cooker Brown Sugar and Balsamic Glazed Pork Loin with:
- Spinach Mushroom Orzo
- Oven-Roasted Vegetables
- Roasted Balsamic Carrots
- Instant Pot Lemon Rice Pilaf
- Brown Sugar and Bacon Green Beans
Slow Cooker Brown Sugar & Balsamic Glazed Pork Loin Recipe
- 1 teaspoon ground sage
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- 1 garlic clove crushed
- 2 pounds boneless pork tenderloin
- ½ cup water
- ½ cup brown sugar
- 1 Tablespoon cornstarch
- ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
- ½ cup water
- 2 Tablespoons soy sauce
- Combine sage, salt, pepper and garlic. Rub over roast.
- Place in slow cooker with 1/2 cup water.
- Cook on low for 6-8 hours.
- About 1 hour before roast is done, combine all ingredients for glaze in small sauce pan. Heat and stir until mixture thickens. Brush roast with glaze 2 or 3 times during the last hour of cooking.
- Serve with remaining glaze on the side.
- You can substitute sage with a few things. Poultry seasoning has sage in it, so that will work. Also Marjoram or Rosemary would work. Sage is used sparingly, so you will probably be fine if you don’t have any of the spices listed. But these are a few options.
- You could also use a pork loin, but the cooking time will be longer because a pork loin is a lot bigger.
- Slow Cooker
- Small Saucepan
(Recipe from C and C Marriage Factory)